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The number of kitchen design ideas out there is downright dizzying. For homeowners looking to make a home improvement—anything from an affordable decor update to a full-on remodel—photo-sharing sites are a good start. But pinning down (pun intended!) exactly what style suits your home can still be tough. An all-white Scandinavian look can seem ideal one day, but then you notice that stainless steel is trending and the style starts to grow on you. So how do you make choices for the long haul?

To help you sift through what can only be described as an endless scroll of inspiration, we've polled decor experts and real estate pros to comment on the most popular kitchen design ideas and how to achieve them. Here are six inspiring looks, whether you're planning a remodel or simply like drooling over magazine-worthy kitchens.

Classic white kitchen design ideas

Simple, clean, and airy, a kitchen whose palette is dominated by white is a safe bet when it comes to kitchen design. "Classic white is truly timeless," notes Anna Shiwlall, an interior designer with 27 Diamonds in Los Angeles. "Not only does it look neat and bright, but it gives the illusion of a bigger space." And since white is neutral, it allows the room's design elements to shine. To keep your look from becoming too sterile or blinding, add color pops when choosing light fixtures, tile for the backsplash, flooring, and window treatments.

High-tech

Do you love clean lines? How about a room with a design that's so bare, it's almost hard to tell which room it is? A high-tech kitchen could be the style for you. "This look focuses on the architecture rather than comfort or color," notes Catherine Pulcine of CPI Interiors in Ottawa. Compared to other styles, it can feel sterile and cold, but the minimalism has a way of standing out on its own.

Plus, if you're thinking about putting your home on the market, a high-tech kitchen may be a savvy move. "Homeowners have caught on to the tech trend and are starting to make updates before selling," reports Cedric Stewart, a real estate agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties in Washington, D.C. Hot features Stewart sees include USB outlets, Wi-Fi-connected refrigerators with touch screens, and smart systems like the Amazon Echo, connecting to compatible smart kitchen devices. "In high-end condos and row homes that have been flipped in the D.C. metro area, 93% of them have one or more of these tech elements," he notes.

Modern farmhouse kitchen design ideas

Buyers want a kitchen space that's casual and stylish, but also functional—and a modern farmhouse approach accomplishes this, reports Shiwlall. Just be careful to use the "farmhouse" details sparingly. Your goal is to play up the design without going overboard. (You don't want a space that screams "Yeehaw!") Exposed beams and brick, a sliding barn door, and antique accessories like wooden milk crates are enough to convey the look. "A modern farmhouse design lends itself well to repurposing," says Marty Basher, a design expert with Modular Closets. Old doors, windows, reclaimed wood for shelves and cabinets—there's lots of choice when it comes to these materials.

High gloss kitchens

A kitchen made of shiny surfaces is sophisticated, modern, and can work in with a variety of color palettes. Think lacquer cabinets and accessories in lemon yellow, bright Kelly green, or a stark white.

High-gloss kitchens tend to make spaces look bigger, which is why "you'll see this ultra-shiny style quite frequently in studio and one-bedroom apartments," says Bee Heinemann, an interior design expert with Vänt Panels, a wall decor company. Even if you live in a single-family home, making your kitchen look more spacious is never a bad thing, right?

Stainless steel

Polished metal kitchens lean toward simplicity and functionality, with roots in German and Scandinavian design, Heinemann says. "The room's functional aspects allow for multiple uses," she adds, like shelving that can be used to store and display favorite serving ware. An entire wall of steel storage cabinets or steel backsplash can serve as design elements. "This modern style may be best suited for an ambitious home cook, as the decor is easy to keep clean and organized," she says.

Regional flair

Kitchen design inspired by other parts of the globe can be fun and inviting—just make sure it complements the rest of your home's decor. In a room that features tile patterns and multiple textures on the floor and walls, each element should work seamlessly with adjacent rooms, recommends Pulcine. If your home skews toward a soft palette of blue, white, and yellow, a French country-inspired kitchen would fit right in. Richer colors like orange, turquoise, and red are characteristic of Moroccan-inspired tiles and trims.

Brushed metal light fixtures and handle pulls in gold, dark brass, or black work well with bright colors and bold tiles.

How Do You Know If You’re Ready to Sell Your House?

by Jan Delimont

right time to sell house

Whether you’re thinking about relocating for work, down-sizing, or expanding your living space– the decision to sell your house can impact your finances significantly if you’re not well prepared. Keeping your own interests in mind, how do you know if you’re ready to make the change or if the timing is right? Here are a few very simple, but extremely important questions to ask yourself:

Does your home still fit your lifestyle?
Have your kids grown up and moved out, leaving you swimming in extra space? Are you thinking of starting a family and need more room? If you answered yes to either of these questions, perhaps it’s the right time to sell your home. Maybe your commute to work has become too long, or you live farther away from your friends and family than you’d like. Whatever the reason, if your home no longer fits your lifestyle, it may be time to look into your finances and see if a move is in the cards for you.

Is there an abundance of home-buyers in your market?
There are a handful of factors that come into play when determining the amount of buyers that could be interested in your home. It has been proven that more people look to buy homes in the spring and summer months over the fall and winter months. Sunnier weather can aid in the curb appeal of your home, which will attract more buyers.

In order to ensure that a significant amount of potential home buyers will be interested in your property, research other homes in your area that are for sale. Assess the listing prices of these homes and compare them to what yours could sell for. Depending on what you find, it may or may not be a good idea to list your home at that time.

Can you afford to move?
Between moving expenses and closing costs, you might feel your wallet taking a big hit if you’re not prepared for all the expenses involved. Upon selling your home, expect to pay commission to the real estate agents involved (which could be anywhere from 1% to 6% of the home’s sale price), moving expenses, home maintenance expenses, and more. To be sure you’re prepared for all the costs that are involved in selling your home and the events that follow, it’s advised that you set aside about 10% of the market cost of your home to pay with. Depending on the buyer’s agent, if you decide to opt out of having your own seller’s agent– you will still have to pay the the real estate agent’s commission.

Do you have enough home equity?
If the equity on your home is significant, selling your house may be a great move. In order to find out if you have equity on your home, subtract your mortgage balance with the worth of your home. Depending on the amount of equity you have, you may be able to pay off the remainder of your mortgage and various selling costs– if that’s the case, it could be a good time to sell your home. If the equity on your home isn’t high enough to warrant an immediate profit and pay off the closing costs you may have to pay out of pocket– in which case, you may not want to sell your home just yet, and maybe opt to renting out your house instead if you really need to move.

Because our bedrooms aren't typically on public display, their designs are often overlooked as we're busy renovating our kitchens and sprucing up our living rooms. But even if we only use our bedrooms as a spot to sleep, we'll still end up spending one-third of our lives here. To give this room the attention it deserves, we've ID'd some bedroom design mistakes you can fix before your head hits the pillow.

Mistake #1: Choosing the wrong bedside table.

It doesn't necessarily matter what you use as a bedside table—even a chair can stand in for a nightstand—but choosing a piece that's the right height and size is essential. I've found that the right height, both functionally and aesthetically, is at about the same level as the top of your mattress. If the table is too low, reaching for a glass of water in the middle of the night will feel just slightly uncomfortable (or be a recipe for spilling disasters). It's an incredibly small change, but you'll notice the difference..

Mistake #2: Limiting your lighting.

Make sure your bedroom has multiple lighting options; a mix of both task lighting and adjustable ambient lighting is the winning combination. To determine what type of task lighting you'll need, consider how you use your bedroom and design your lighting around your lifestyle. For example, if you read in bed every night, you'll want a bedside lamp or sconce (preferably one you can switch off without getting out of bed). A soft, shaded lamp that can be dimmed will let you adjust the desired brightness for day or night.

Get Smart: The most convenient way to adjust the lighting or switch off a lamp without having to jump out of bed is to invest in smart light bulbs. The Philips Hue bulbs can be controlled by a motion-activated sensor, a dimmer switch, or the Apple HomeKit, so you can ask Siri to hit the lights while you're cozy under the covers.


 

Mistake #3: Placing area rugs in the wrong spot.

I see it so often in the most stylish of homes: Beautiful bedrooms without a soft landing beside the bed, or a gorgeous rug positioned at the end of the bed, rather than beside it. To make the most of cozy ground cover, place it where it will be most appreciated when you wake up in the morning. This is a super simple switch that can make every morning a little more pleasant.


 

Mistake #4: Not giving your tech (and charger) a proper home.

Some sleep experts recommend storing your tech devices away from your bed (and we suggest that you don't use your phone as an alarm clock), but the truth is, most of us still keep our phones as bedside companions. If you don't have room for a nightstand, consider buying a small shelf for your phone.

 

 

 

Mistake #5: Forgetting to feng shui your bed.

When it comes to the optimal position for a bed, I defer to the principles of feng shui. According to this ancient Chinese philosophy for arranging your space, the bed should be in the "command position," which is a spot away from the door, but positioned so that you can see the door. If your square footage permits, arrange the bed so there's space around it (not in a corner), with the headboard against a wall. While these guidelines are based on beliefs about the flow of energy through a space, they also make a lot of practical sense. It's helpful to be able to see someone entering the room, and leaving space around the bed makes it easier to move around. If you doubt that this simple change will make a difference, go ahead and try it—then let us know how it went in the comments below!

 

 

 

How to Choose a Remodeling Contractor

by Jan Delimont

When choosing a contractor to head up your remodel, these simple steps can mean the difference between complete confidence and sleepless nights.

Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth-hands down, is the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job. Ask relatives, friends and neighbors whom they've had good experiences with. And ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems and whether he or she would use the same contractor again.

Look at Credentials
With recommendations in hand, do some preliminary research, whether it's with a phone call or a visit to the contractor's website. Find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from state and local municipalities, along with designations from any professional associations such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Homebuilders. Look for contractors who have invested in course work and passed rigorous tests to earn particular certifications. Be aware, however, that not all certifications are created equal. Do some homework and find out the requirements.

Interview Candidates
Narrow down the list of contenders and set up meetings. Try to keep it to three contractors, because things can get confusing beyond that. How a contractor answers questions is extremely important, but communication goes both ways. Candidates should ask plenty of questions, too. 

Check References
Ask to see some of the contractors' projects. If you approve of them, request references and call contractors' former customers to check up on them. Ask how the contractors did at executing the projects. Were they on time and on budget? Were the customers pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?

Remember that when you're hiring a remodeler, you are buying a service and not a product. Quality of service will determine the quality of the finished project. Here are some things you'll want to explore and questions you'll want to ask when interviewing a remodeler.

Business Experience and Management
Does the remodeler:

1: Maintain a permanent mailing address, e-mail address, personal phone number, fax number, cell phone and voicemail?

2: Carry insurance that protects you from liability? Ask for a copy of the remodeler's insurance certificates to be sure. Also, ask the remodeler how much the project will add to the home's value and attain additional insurance from your provider.

3: Have an established presence in the community? How long has the company been in business under this name? Does the remodeler maintain solid relationships with contractors such as plumbers and electricians and work with them as a team?

4: Possess a trustworthy reputation among customers and peers? Is there a track record of success?

5: Have any professional designations, such as Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), Certified Bath Designer (CBD), etc.? How long has the remodeler been a member or any trade organizations?

Get It in Writing
After selecting a contractor, take a look at the documents he or she has prepared. Do they look professional? Scrutinize the contract. Does it seem fair and balanced? And make sure the legal agreement includes the following:

  • a bid price and payment schedule
  • specifics about the scope of work
  • the site plan
  • a sequential schedule of primary construction tasks
  • a change-order clause
  • a written procedural list for close-out
  • an express limited warranty
  • a clause about dispute resolution
  • a waiver of lien, which would prevent subcontractors and suppliers from putting a lien on a house should their invoices go unpaid by the contractor

If everything checks out, you can sign on the dotted line with confidence.

 

7 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

by Jan Delimont

Your home is in the perfect location, came at the perfect price, with the perfect lot. (Yay southern exposure!)

But the home itself? Perfect isn’t the adjective you’d use. But you knew that moving in, and now you’re ready to start making it just right.

But where to begin? How about with data? Data is that friend who tells you like it really is.

Because while any home improvement that brings you joy is priceless, not all add as much home equity as you might expect.

The “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS® has tons of data on how much improvements cost — and how much of those costs you can recoup.

Here are the best seven home remodeling projects with equity-building might.

#1 Upgraded Landscaping

This one might be a bit of a surprise. (Maybe you expected a major kitchen reno to top the list.) 

But if your yard is one of your home’s imperfect parts, a little color and a touch of hardscaping can make a huge difference to your curb appeal, which is a great immediate equity-booster.

What does a basic landscaping upgrade include?

  • Flowering shrubs
  • A 15-foot-tall deciduous tree
  • A flagstone walkway
  • Two 6-by-2 stone planters
  • Fresh mulch

The cost: $4,750

The return: 105% at $5,000

#2 New Roof

If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1 to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool. 

The cost: $7,500 

The return: 109% at $8,150

Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer. 

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout. 
  • The sun’s shining through your attic. 
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

    #3 Hardwood Floors

You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s. 

They make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good reason. 

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000

#4 Patio or Deck

If your home is your castle, your yard is your kingdom. After giving your yard a much-needed overhaul, you need a place to watch over you handiwork. How about that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of?

The cost of a patio: $6,400

The return: 102% at $6525

The cost of a deck: $9,450

The return: 106% at $10,000

#5 New Garage Door

No surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this #winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s curb appeal at a relatively modest cost. 

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality.

#6 Insulation

Insulation is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold. 

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

#7 New Siding

In any color! And never paint again. 

Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value. 

But if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties. 

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000 — it has one thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.

And quality matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “quality” was the one of the most important traits that home buyers focused on when house hunting.

 

5 Important Factors to Consider Before Buying a House

by Jan Delimont

Saving up for a down payment on a house is one of the most drawn out arduous journeys in a young adults life. It’s a road that seemingly has no end. After all, you’re at a stage in your life where money can be easily put to use elsewhere.

When you’ve finally chipped away at it long enough and you have your down payment sitting in your savings account, the excitement is unfathomable. It’s not uncommon to hit up all the websites and immediately start shopping for your dream home.

There’s a lot of stress linked to first-time homebuyers. One key component is that many were previously living with their parents and didn’t account for the stress linked with cooking, cleaning, landscaping and a host of other things we take for granted as children and young adults.

These factors just scratch the surface of the issues associated with buying a home. Here are some real factors to consider before pulling the trigger on your first home.

1. The Bills

The sheer excitement of purchasing a new home can cause you to stretch your budget and overlook certain expenses. When budgeting for your house, any real estate agent or lender will make it clear to include taxes, insurance, interest and of course the principal. However, it’s important you take all costs into account and make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew; immense stress is not worth a bigger house. Take into account the utilities, renovations and maintenance costs. Even if your home is in tip-top shape, you will learn that things consistently break down and require maintenance.

2. Should You Rent?

If you plan on moving around frequently, buying a home is not the best option. Although rent is viewed as flushing your money down the toilet, more money will go down that toilet if you constantly relocate. Every time you buy and sell there are an exorbitant amount of fees that need to be paid. These fees become less and less significant the longer you stay at a particular home.

3. Home Inspection

Although home inspections are not generally mandatory, it’s vital that you get one done. There are many hidden aspects of a home that can translate to expensive repairs with a potential to damage your budget forecast. It’s also advisable that you shadow the inspector. They will be able to inform you on nuances associated with the home that can turn out to be valuable information.

4. Yard And Garden Maintenance

If you’re not interested in this type of work, include landscapers as a fixed cost in your budget forecast. If not, be prepared to spend several of your precious weekend hours mowing lawns, pulling weeds and turning the soil. Many people enjoy working in their yard, but all will admit that it’s not easy work and the tools are costly.

5. Hire A Real Estate Agent

It’s not uncommon for people to hesitate before hiring a real estate agent.  Don’t make this mistake; a real estate agent is experienced with the extremely complicated process of purchasing a home. They will be able to expedite the process and get you the best, realistic price. They save you money and a ton of heartache in the long run.

The Right Way to Hang Art Every Time & Not Screw It Up

by Jan Delimont

I have always loved art and thought that it was the most personal part of any home, but I never knew how to make it all look good on the wall. Then a friend gave me a great tip that to this day has made picture hanging a simple, gratifying task. The tip? Always hang your artwork at 57" on center. Confused?

"On center" means that the middle of the artwork is always at 57" (obviously, this only applies to hanging art on an open wall or above lower furniture, rather than over taller features like a fireplace). Interestingly, the 57" standard represents the average human eye-height and is regularly used as a standard in many galleries and museums.

I was relieved when I discovered this guidance, because it gave me a tool to help others as well. With clients, I often found that pictures, lovely as they could be, were often shockingly randomly hung.

57" On Center

In addition to being a pleasing height, the 57" on center tends to be a lot lower than most people naturally hang their artwork. People hang things too high (I don't know why they do this!). It also means that your artwork is going to hang in closer proximity to the other elements of your home, such as furniture, rugs, lighting, etc., and will therefore "talk" to everything better and have a closer relationship, which is a good thing.

In addition, I have discovered that if you stick to this standard, you create a harmony among ALL the pictures in your home, as they will all share a midline as you look around your spaces, no matter what outside dimensions may be. This creates harmony and is also very good.

Now, let's take a look at some specific, step-by-step directions to help you on your art-hanging journey"

Step 1: Measure and lightly mark 57" on the wall, measuring up from your floor. 
Step 2: Measure artwork and divide by 2 (this gives you the center)
Step 3: Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire (or wherever you''ll hanging it from). This should be a pretty small amount, depending on your frame or canvas.
Step 4: Subtract that "tight wire" amount from number you figured out in step 2. This will tell you how far above 57" your hook should go.
Step 5: Lightly mark wall just above 57" with the "to the hook" amount you figured out in step 4.
Step 6: Hang that art with confidence!

While that might sound a little confusing, we promise it's easy! Here's an example:
 
  • Picture is 20" tall
  • Middle is at 10" (this mid point should rest at 57" from the floor)
  • Wire comes to 2" below the top
  • 10" - 2" = 8"
  • Lightly mark 8" above your first mark or 65" on the wall
  • Hang up art!

Though this may seem complicated to read, it is quite simple when you do it. The thing to always remember is that the center of all your pictures should be hanging at the same 57", and you are just figuring out where the hook goes above it.

This 57" also applies to groups of pictures. Think of a group or gallery wall as one giant picture. After you arrange how you want them all to hang (doing this on the floor with paper cut outs makes it so much easier), start with the center picture/pictures and hang each of those are 57" on center on the wall. From there, fill in with the rest of the group however you like! You can also just choose one main focal art work and keep that at 57" on center, and arrange from there.

Love That Home’s View? See How Much More You’ll Pay

by Jan Delimont

view1A house with a fabulous view can be hard for a home buyer to resist. But seeing the mountains, water or city lights from the comfort of home comes at a price. The hazy part is figuring out what that added cost is — and whether it’s worth it.

That’s where real estate appraisers and analysts who study home values can help, even though they recognize there’s no simple answer.

“Views are actually really difficult to quantify,” says Andy Krause, principal data scientist at Greenfield Advisors, a real estate research company. “It’s somewhat subjective. What makes a better water view? Do you want it to be wider? Do you want more of the water from a taller angle? You know, some of that is in the eye of the beholder.”

Assigning a dollar value can also be difficult because not all views are equal or valuable, and a view that’s sought-after in one location may not be in another.

In Manhattan, a place that overlooks a green space or woods will cost you a lot extra. In the countryside? Not as much, says Mauricio Rodriguez, a real estate expert who chairs the finance department at Texas Christian University’s Neeley School of Business.

Putting a price on it

So how do you put a price on a variety of views? Krause, who builds automated valuation models that analyze home data, produced these estimates for what five different types of views might add to a home’s price in Seattle:

  • 5 to 10%: For a home on flat ground with an unobstructed view of an open space or a park, a seller could add 5 to 10%. In other words, if an identical home without a view is worth $500,000 elsewhere in Seattle, this view could boost the price to $525,000 to $550,000.
  • 10 to 30%: A home partway up a hill with a partially obstructed water view over neighbors’ rooftops could increase the overall price by 10 to 30%. It depends on how much of your field of vision the view fills, both vertically and horizontally, Krause says. In this example, a home otherwise worth $500,000 might fetch $550,000 to $650,000.
  • 30 to 50%: This time Krause considered the same home as above, in the same location, but with an unobstructed view. “You still have the neighbors above looking down into your house, but you have a nice water view,” he says. With this clearer view, the $500,000 home could sell for $650,000 to $750,000.
  • 50 to 75%: Next, envision a home atop a hill with an unobstructed cityscape or open-space vista. To buy the $500,000 home in this location, a buyer might have to pay $725,000 to $875,000.
  • 75-100% or more: Finally, imagine a house with a stunning, unobstructed view of a big lake or the ocean. This type of prized view can boost the value of a home worth $500,000 in an ordinary location to $1 million or more, Krause says.

How to shop for a home with a view

If having a view is a must on your homebuying list, here are a couple of tips from the experts:

1. Find out if the view is protected

Frank Lucco, a residential real estate appraiser and consultant in Houston, once had clients with an expensive home who sued after a high-rise office tower went up across the street. The building disrupted their view and gave office workers a view of their formerly private backyard and their teenage daughters using the pool. The lawsuit was dismissed, Lucco says, and a bit of detective work could have told them that commercial development was allowed.

To avoid a similar outcome, Lucco says before you place a bid on a home, ask planning authorities what the zoning allows and if high-impact developments are planned nearby.

2. Look for diamonds in the rough

Bargain-hunters can occasionally find views for cheap because poor design — walls where a big window or a deck might go, for instance — blocks what should be a nice view.

“It may cost you $15,000 to $30,000 to do a very limited remodel that gives you a better angle, or higher vantage point, or a rooftop deck,” Krause says. But that could be a deal compared with buying a home that already takes full advantage of its view. Lucco suggests inspecting the home’s deed for any restrictions limiting additions to the height. Pay careful attention to homeowner association rules, too.

A view can be one of the most attractive aspects of a home. Knowing that you paid the right price for it can make the scenery that much more enjoyable.

The 10 Hottest U.S. Housing Markets of 2018

by Jan Delimont

What Makes 'Em Hot, Anyways?

The U.S. housing market is on fire — in a good way. Zillow conducted a study to observe which U.S. metropolitan-area housing markets are estimated to scorch the rest in 2018. The variables used to predict the overall "hotness factor" are as follows: Zillow’s Home Value and Rent Forecast (i.e. the predicted increase in property value over the next year), income and population growth, current unemployment rates and the number of job openings per person via data from Glassdoor.

10: Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas comes in hot for the tenth-hottest housing market. This sought-after city boasts an average annual income of $63,812, home value is predicted to increase 4.7 percent over the next year, and 142,084 job opportunities are available, to boot.

9: Portland, Oregon

Portland keeps things weird, but it seems to be working for them. The average annual income is about $60k, the home value forecast is 3.7 percent and there are 44,845 jobs up for the taking.

8: Nashville, Tennessee

The masses are moving to Music City and it’s easy to see why. Nashville’s housing market is almost as hot as their mouth-watering hot chicken. The annual average income is about $60k, the home value forecast is 3.8 percent and there are over 38,257 jobs up for grabs.

7: Denver, Colorado

Denver decks the competition, sliding into seventh-hottest housing market spot in the country. The average annual household income is almost $72k, the home value forecast is 3.0 percent and there are 81,479 job openings available.

6: Austin, Texas

This trendy Texas city ranks sixth-hottest housing market in the United State. Austin proves to be the "it" spot for young professionals and start-ups. The home value forecast is 3.3 percent, there are 47k+ job openings and the annual Austin household pulls in $71,000. Not too shabby, eh?

5: San Francisco, California

Let’s face it: the San Francisco Bay is BAE. The high-end housing market continues to reign as one of the top in the country, with an average annual income of $97,677, a home value forecast of 3.8 percent and 137,073 job openings.

4: Charlotte, North Carolina

The Queen City is prime picking for putting down your southern roots. This gem has an average annual income of $59,979, a home value forecast of 4.0 percent and nearly 50k job openings for Charlotteans.

3: Seattle, Washington

Are we really surprised that the motherland of Starbucks is predicted to have a hot, steamy housing market? The mocha-mecca boasts an average annual income of $78,612, home value forecast of 5.4 percent and over 100k job openings across the city.

2: Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh is home to N.C. State, some of the nation's most brilliant minds and the second hottest housing market in the country. An average annual income of $71,685, home value forecast of 3.7 percent and nearly 30k job openings earn this college town its silver medal.

1: San Jose, California

The hottest-of-the-hot, number one spot goes to the housing market in San Jose, California. Numbers don’t lie, people! Sunny San Jose boasts an average household income of $110,040, 70k job openings and home value is expected to increase 8.9 percent over the upcoming year!

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During the frenzied excitement that accompanies moving into a new home, you might end up filling it with a few purchases you'll quickly regret. A couch you loved at the store might look absolutely ginormous in your living room, for instance. Or, those drapes that seemed like they match your carpet to a T might turn out to be way off once they arrive at your door.

Alas, such buyer's regret has happened to all of us. But to help you avoid these mistakes, heed these worst home purchases that homeowners admit to and hear how they came to pass.

A patio set on a porch where no one sits

A patio deserves a pair of wrought-iron chairs and a little table at which to linger and enjoy a cocktail with one's spouse. Right? Christina of Babylon, NY, planned it exactly this way.

"I thought we'd sit out and wave to our neighbors on balmy nights," she explains. Instead, the set went unused.

"We sat there maybe once, saw no neighbors, and then the bugs starting biting us, so we went in," she recalls. It sounded like such a nice idea, but in the end, it was impractical and downright uncomfortable.

"There aren't any lights on our street, so the season for sitting out is very short—it's just too dark!"

Lesson learned: Check the climate in your new neighborhood. Before purchasing outdoor furniture, search for average temperatures, rainfall, bugs, and other factors that could affect how much time you spend outdoors.

A designer chair where no one sees it

"I searched high and low for an Eames chair to go with my desk in the bedroom," recalls Nicole, a homeowner and mom of three in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the expensive purchase ended up being a big waste of money.

"No one ever sees it because it's tucked away in my bedroom, and the kids are constantly climbing all over it and getting it dirty," she laments. They even nicked the paint on one of the arms. "Next time, I'm going to Ikea."

Lesson learned: Save showpieces and custom designs for rooms that see more traffic. For example, hang fancy drapes in the living and dining rooms, but use Kohl's panels for the kids' rooms.

Storage baskets with no plan how to use them

Karina, a homeowner in Wakefield, RI, bought baskets for her crafting supplies, but they were a total bust.

"They basically held my stuff, but I had so much that it couldn't be organized properly," she says. It was, in other words, a basket-filled mess.

Lesson learned: "It's better to have a plan first—and maybe get professional help for some projects—rather than go it alone," says Burston.

A funky mirror that looked dated all too soon

Martha, a fan of the Arts and Crafts look, purchased a huge mirror hand-painted with colorful birds for her new home in Winsted, CT.

"I loved it years ago, but now I say, 'what was I thinking' every time I pass it," she admits. It's currently stashed in an upstairs hall.

Lesson learned: Be wary of trendy pieces—and always save receipts.

"You should be able to exchange something if you haven't marked it up," notes Coraccio.

A DIY project that never got done

Time can sometimes run out on a purchase, as Gillian discovered. This New York City homeowner's husband bought an antique sink years ago from a dealer in Pennsylvania for their Harlem brownstone.

"He planned to fix it up and use it in the upstairs bathroom, but it's still sitting in the basement," she says. In fact, it's been sitting there so long, "now we're divorced."

Lesson learned: Don't let DIYs linger. Be sure you know how to finish a project yourself, and don't begin anything new before the first is completed.

A sofa that doesn't blend in

A couch is supposed to anchor a room—except when it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Anne, a homeowner in New York City, says the sofa she bought after moving in turned out to be the worst of all worlds.

"It's too traditional, uncomfortably firm, and it makes the room look fuddy-duddy," she explains. Levy has lived with this piece for years, but is finally coming around to looking for a replacement.

Lesson learned: Try to thoroughly test-drive every large piece of furniture you're considering. And check the store's return policy; a restocking fee might be worth not getting stuck with a huge furnishing you hate for years. You could also try to sell it online as "almost new."

Just too much, too soon

When Liz moved from a small house in Ipswich, MA, to a larger one in nearby Hamilton, the shopping wheel was set in motion.

"In order to fill the bigger space, I made a whole lot of furniture decisions on the fly," she recalls. The result? A look that wasn't quite right.

"In some cases, the pieces were fine, but in other rooms, I wish I had waited a while, lived in the space longer, and thought through how things might fit together," she explains.

Lesson learned: Live in your new home for at least a month or two. You might find the space you thought would be the family room is better served for dining—and the home office you set up is sitting vacant since you seem to like using your laptop at the kitchen counter.

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